ELLEN M. SPODEK was elected as a Justice of the
Supreme Court in 2008. She is currently sitting in the default
motion part, a guardianship part and general trial backup. She was
elected to the Civil Court of Kings County in January 2003, where she
served until May of 2005, when she was appointed to Family Court.
She served in Family Court through December 2006. Thereafter
Justice Spodek was appointed as the Supervising Judge of Civil Court in
January 2007, a position she held until December 2008.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Justice Spodek attended New
York City public schools before going on to graduate from SUNY
Albany. In 1988 she graduated from Fordham Law School, then went
on to work for the New York City Corporation Counsel's Office in the
Torts Division. She left the Corporation Counsel's office to join
Jackson & Consumano, LLP as a trial attorney. In 1995 she
formed her own firm, Spodek & Barrett, LLP, where she represented
both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury cases. She also
served as a small claims arbitrator from 2000 until her election to the
A frequent lecturer, Justice Spodek has presented CLE lectures at the
National Institute of Trial Attorneys, New York State Trial Lawyers
Institute, New York County Lawyers' Association and the Bay Ridge
Lawyers Association. She is a member of multiple bar associations,
including the Brooklyn Bar Association where she has been a member since
1996 and the New York State Bar Association, where she serves as
Secretary of the Judicial Section Executive Committee.
Justice Spodek is currently the co-president of Judges and Lawyers
Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA), a legal organization dedicated to
promoting awareness of breast cancer and education regarding issues
relevant to the diagnosis, treatment and cure of the disease.
Among other initiatives, JALBCA sponsors free mammogram vans at
courthouses in the five boroughs, as well as Nassau and Suffolk
Justice Spodek's dedication to the Brooklyn community is illustrated
by her ongoing commitment to pro bono work. As a practioner she
was co-chair of the Advisory Board to Brooklyn Legal Services
Corporation A. She was instrumental in starting the Claro Clinic
in the Kings County Civil Court, in connection with Brooklyn Law
School, and the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project,
which provides the public with free legal counsel on civil debt-related
matters. This program has helped hundreds of consumers and
fulfilled a vital need in the community.
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